Summer classes Jan-Feb 2020

There will be some outdoor training sessions at the below dates during the months of January and February 2020. These will be held in the De Chene reserve, Coburg, near the Moreland Zebras Oval, on top of the hill behind the clubhouse (near the carpark). See map below. Tuesday Jan …

Workshops Jan 12th / Feb 23rd

Phil Brown will be running workshops covering all aspects of Practical Tai Chi Chuan, on Sunday January 12th 2020 and on Sunday February 23rd. Session 1: 11am – 1.30pm Session 2: 2pm – 4.30pm Break for refreshments, theory & discussion 1.30-2 (bring your own supplies) Location: De Chene reserve oval, …

End of Year dates 2019-2020

Last classes 2019: church hall Thurs 19 Dec, Outdoors (on demand) Sat 21 Dec. No standard classes in January & February 2020 – but there will be some training sessions / classes, no doubt outdoors – TBA 2020 classes TBA – there may be a change in days/venue.

Force, Strength and Power

Working my way through the Australian Kungfu Federation’s coaching accreditation, I was reminded of that good old sports science equation: Strength + Speed = Power From the point of view of Tai Chi Chuan, this presents some points of interest. In the Classics, reference is made to “Li” (strength) and “Jin” …

Gin, Jin, Jing, Chin?

In Thai “Jing jing” means “really true”, so for example “Aroy jing jing” means “that really is delicious!”. The Tai Chi Newbie may jar a little when they are told that Gin is at the heart of Chinese internal martial arts. Others, typically with some background in Qigong, might say …

Internal and External

Tai Chi Chuan is a Chinese internal martial art, listed as part of the ‘Nei jia quan‘ (‘Internal family boxing’). As such it contrasts with external martial arts (‘Wai jia quan’, where ‘Wai’ translates as ‘External’). The distinction may be traced back to the 17th century, although my teacher points …